LONDON -- James Bond rules the box office overseas -- though he has failed to dethrone Harry Potter.
Producers say the new Bond adventure, Skyfall, has had the second-biggest opening weekend in British movie history, taking £20.1 million (US$32 million) at the U.K. box office.
That is the biggest opening weekend for any of the 23 Bond films, and ranks just behind last year's final Potter movie, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows -- Part 2, which took £23 million in its first weekend in Britain.
Skyfall opened on the weekend in 25 global markets, taking in a total of $77.7 million between Friday and Sunday.
The film, which stars Daniel Craig as agent 007 and Javier Bardem as a villain bent on revenge, opens in North America on Nov. 9.
-- The Associated Press